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Police investigate whether Bush daughters tried to buy alcohol



AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- Police are investigating whether President Bush's 19-year-old twin daughters tried to purchase alcohol at a restaurant here Tuesday night. The legal drinking age in Texas is 21.

Police said Jenna Bush tried to use somebody else's identification to buy alcoholic drinks and her sister Barbara was with her at the time. No charges have been filed.

"As no offense was witnessed by APD officers, following routine procedures, further investigation is required to determine if any charges will be filed," a statement from the Austin Police Department said. "APD and the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission are investigating this incident."

Police spokeswoman Laura Albrecht said Jenna Bush, a freshman at the University of Texas in Austin, "was attempting to purchase alcohol with a valid identification that was not hers."

Barbara Bush is a freshman at Yale University -- alma mater of her father and grandfather.

In Washington, the White House would offer no official comment, saying it was a family matter.

However, a senior administration official told CNN that a "not happy" President Bush called his daughter Jenna from California Wednesday morning to discuss the incident

The Bush daughters are afforded Secret Service protection, and a spokesman said the agents were at the scene, but were not involved in the incident with Austin police.

"We provide 24-hour protective coverage. Our agents there were carrying out their protective responsibilities. Did we intervene? No," said spokesman Marc Connolly.

The police statement said that police responded to a 911 call from the manager of Chuy's Mexican restaurant "reporting minors attempting to purchase alcohol."

Officers arrived to find both Bush daughters were allegedly involved in the incident.

Calls to the restaurant and Bush's attorney were not returned.

Jenna Bush recently pleaded no contest to alcohol possession by a minor and was ordered to take an alcohol awareness class and complete eight hours of community service.

That citation stemmed from an early morning incident on April 27, when plainclothes officers witnessed Jenna, a freshman at the University at Texas at Austin, and an unnamed friend drinking alcohol in the nightclub Cheers Shot Bar, located on Austin's popular Sixth Street.

The two girls were given a citation for possession of alcohol for someone under the legal drinking age of 21.

Austin Community Court Judge Elisabeth Earle ordered Jenna Bush to pay $51.25 in court costs, attend a six-hour alcohol awareness class and complete eight hours of community service.

Jenna Bush has until July 18 to complete the order. If she complies, the offense would be dropped from her permanent record. If she fails to comply, the prosecutor could issue a warrant for her arrest and the misdemeanor offense would go on her record, said Earle.







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